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Lateral Police Officer - City of Kirkland ( Job # 16-0015)

Minimum Salary: $6,009.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $7,237.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Police
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)

Summary

Performs the functions of law enforcement necessary to maintain community interaction, public peace, protect life and property, prevent crime, apprehend violators of the law and otherwise assure proper enforcement of the laws and ordinances of the City of Kirkland and the State of Washington. Contribute to the apprehension of criminal suspects by conducting preliminary and follow-up investigations. This would involve contacting and interviewing witnesses and victims of a crime; sketching, photographing a crime scene; dusting for latent fingerprints; and collecting other evidence and preserving the chain of evidence. The position prepares criminal investigation reports and testifies in court.


Special Note

This is a continuous recruitment.  Applications will be screened as openings occur and hiring will be staggered throughout the year.  
 

Hours of Work

Must be available to work 8 or 10 hour rotating shifts.   

Patrol Officers work four 10 hour shifts, followed by three days off.    Officers work Monday - Thursday or Thursday - Sunday.    Available shifts are days, swing, and nights, and are bid by seniority.

Minimum Qualifications

At time of application you must be 21 years of age; a US citizen, must not have any felony convictions as an adult and have vision correctable to 20/20 in each eye. Must possess the ability to read, write and speak fluent English.  Must have the physical capability to successfully meet the Criminal Justice Training Commission Fitness Ability Test Battery. Must have successfully completed an accredited Police Basic Training Academy curriculum and have a minimum of 12 months full-time service in the last 36 months (prefer current) as a sworn municipal, county or state officer. Out of state laterals must complete the State Equivalency Academy.  At time of hiring applicant must have a valid Washington State Drivers’ License.

Automatic Disqualifiers:  Applicants should not apply if they indicate any of the following disqualifiers:

Driving:   1 or more criminal traffic convictions in the last 5 years   (DUI, Reckless Driving, Hit & Run, etc.)  Suspension of driver's license within the past 5 years.   Applicants driving record will be carefully reviewed.

Drug Use:   The following drug use (or distribution) will be a disqualifier: 

  • Any use or distribution of illegal drugs while employed by a law enforcement agency
  • Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication

All illegal drug use will be closely scrutinized on a case by case basis.

Criminal Activity:   Any adult felony conviction, any misdemeanor or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity, conviction of any crime under a domestic violence statute, any participation in the manufacture, selling, offering to sell, distribution or transporting for sale any illegal drugs/narcotics.   Adult misdemeanor convictions and juvenile felony convictions will be carefully reviewed. 

Employment:   Dishonorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces, lied during any stage of the hiring process, falsified application materials, Personal History Questionnaire, or any other forms during the hiring process, previous revocation or denial of any certified status (i.e., CJTC/POST) or suspension of current CJTC/POST certified status. 

Financial:   Failure to pay income tax or child support, any conduct or pattern of behavior that would tend to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession.  Current credit accounts or unresolved accounts in collection will be thoroughly reviewed. 

Other:   Exposed tattoo's which cannot be covered by a standard uniform of the day.

Preferred Qualifications

Prefer current service (minimum of 12 months full-time) as a sworn municipal, county or state officer.

Working Conditions & Physical Activities

The working environment is characterized by the potential for physical, verbal and psychological assault by prisoners or individuals suspected of crime. Dependent on assignment and task, the work period may be eight to twelve hours a day. Other physical activities include, but are not limited to, operating a patrol vehicle, walking, running, or sitting at a workstation performing administrative tasks. The scope of work performed has the potential for other physical or cardiovascular exertion in the performance of duties. Work is performed in a variety of weather conditions and adverse conditions. Assignments may include but are not limited to Patrol, Investigations, Traffic, Training, Neighborhood Resource Officer, School Resource Officer, Pro-Act Unit, and K-9 after at least 12 months in patrol.

Collateral duty assignments available to commissioned officers are:  Special Response Team, Crisis Negotiations Team, Firearms Training Unit, Less Lethal Training Unit, Defensive Tactics, Bicycle Patrol, and Foot Patrol.

Union Affiliation

As a condition of employment, must become a member of the Kirkland Police Guild within 30 days of employment or meet alternate regulations as set forth in the Agreement between the Union and the City.

Selection Process

Applicants who meet the minium qualifications for this position will be contacted to arrange a time for a Physical Fitness Ability Test (PFAT).  Guidelines for this test can be found here:   Applicants passing the PFAT will be scheduled for an oral board.  To be placed on the Civil Service eligibility list, a Lateral Police Officer applicant must pass the PFAT and score a minimum of 70% on the oral board exam.

PFAT requirements: http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/PD/Join/recruitment/Frequently_Asked_Questions/Lateral_Frequently_Asked_Questions.htm#Fitness

Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit a copy of their DD-214 and a completed "Veteran's Scoring Criteria Status in Examinations" at the time of their oral board in order to receive consideration for veteran's preference.

As openings occur, applicants from the eligibility list will undergo a pre-conditional background investigation which will include the applicants work and credit histories, driving and arrest/conviction records as well as other screening elements.  Applicants passing the pre-conditional background investigation will be given a conditional offer of probationary employment.   Once a conditional offer of probationary employment is given, applicants will undergo a medical examination, including a drug screening, a psychological evaluation, and a polygraph test which must be successfully passed in order to be employed as a Kirkland Police Officer. 

 Note:   

  • Applicants who are unsuccessful at any stage of the application process must wait a minimum of six (6) months before they are eligible to re-apply for Lateral Police Officer with the Kirkland Police Department.


Driver's License

Please indicate Driver's License #: ___________________   State:  __________________

 



Attachments

Location
Kirkland Justice Center
11750 NE 118th Street
Kirkland, WA